United States of America, Florida, Palm Beach County, Palm Beach
El Mirasol (Palm Beach, Florida)
"About 1917, Mrs. E. T. Stotesbury of Philadelphia tired of the old-fashioned shingle cottages and yellow frame hotels, and called upon Addison Mizner to build for her a suitable home. Addison Mizner had impeccable taste and a genius for creating beauty, and he built for Mrs. Stotesbury the first of the great villas which now line the shores of Palm Beach island. The patio of this house is more Italian than Spanish feeling. The house was designed primarily for entertaining and has a large loggia in which a hundred or more guests can be seated for lunch or dinner. Inside the house there is a large dining room and reception rooms. Beyond the house a lawn runs to the Ocean."
"Turning to look westward toward Lake Worth, we see the patio from the house. Notice the tall, columnar cypresses used at each corner of the fountain. They create an illusion of far away Italy. there are always many pots of flowering plants adding color to the patio. In the far distance can be seen the guest house on Lake Worth."
"The property runs from ocean to lake. The house is Spanish style and patio is Italianate."
Persons associated with the property include: Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Stotesbury (former owner in 1930's); Addison Mizner (architect in 1920's).
There are some duplicate 35-mm. slides from the Mattie Edwards Hewitt Collection.
The Stotesbury's also owned Whitemarsh Hall in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania.
The folder includes correspondence and articles.
Garden has been featured in Schezen, Roberto. Palm Beach Houses. New York: Rizzoli International, 1991
Garden has been featured in Wright, Richardson Little. House and Garden's Second Book of Gardens. New York: The Conde' Nast Publications, Inc.,1927